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There are almost too many two-start options for owners to sift through in advance of Week 4. Our Al Melchior shares his perspective on your rotations. Full story
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Michael Cuddyer not back in lineup Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:29 pm ET) As expected, Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer missed a third straight start Sunday against the Phillies because of a hamstring injury.

Coco Crisp back in the starting lineup Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:26 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp was in the team's starting lineup Sunday against the Astros.

Crisp had been dealing with a hamstring issue earlier in the week, but was able to return to action Friday. He sat out Saturday because the team still had some concerns about Crisp batting right-handed. The team is facing a right-handed pitcher Sunday, so Crisp is back in the lineup. It's unclear how long he'll be held out of action against lefties. 


Sean Doolittle set to earn about $14 million
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:17 pm ET) Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle is set to earn about $14 million with his new extension, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Doolittle can earn more money based on incentives. The deal could be worth more than $20 million depending on whether his options get picked up. 


Jordan Schafer available to play despite finger injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:12 pm ET) Braves outfielder Jordan Schafer said he's available off the bench Sunday against the Mets after leaving Saturday's game with a finger injury, per MLB.com. His right middle finger got jammed when he slapped hands Justin Upton following Upton's home run Saturday.

Tyler Lyons tabbed to replace Joe Kelly in Cards' rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:10 pm ET) The Cardinals announced pitcher Tyler Lyons will start Monday against the Mets, replacing Joe Kelly (hamstring) in the rotation, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Lyons is 2-0 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in three starts this season for Triple-A Memphis.

Bryan Mitchell called up Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:07 pm ET) The Yankees have called up pitcher Bryan Mitchell Sunday.

Mitchell dominated during his last start, striking out 12 hitters in six innings. With Ivan Nova going on the disabled list, Mitchell could see time in the rotation. The club hasn't announced his role yet, however. 


Mike Minor penciled in to start Saturday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12:03 pm ET) The Braves are planning to welcome back starting pitcher Mike Minor to the rotation for Saturday's game against the Reds, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Minor (shoulder) went 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA and 0.91 WHIP in four rehab appearances (three starts) between Class A, Double-A and Triple-A. He struck out 17 batters in 15 1/3 innings.


Craig Kimbrel's shoulder injury was non-issue Saturday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:57 am ET) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said closer Craig Kimbrel will be available Sunday against the Mets after struggling in his first appearance Saturday since returning from a shoulder injury. However, Kimbrel's shoulder injury was not the reason for his struggles Saturday.

Kimbrel was removed from Saturday's game after loading the bases during a save situation. He was charged with two runs on three hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning.


Jordy Mercer misses second straight start
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:53 am ET) Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer missed a second straight start Sunday against the Brewers because of an ankle injury. Clint Barmes once again started in his absence.

Mercer did make a pinch-hit appearance Saturday, recording a fly out to center field in the sixth inning.


Ryan Ludwick back from one-game absence
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:49 am ET) Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick was back in the starting lineup Sunday against the Cubs after missing one game due to a toe injury. Ludwick is batting .385 (5 for 13) with one home run and two RBI in his last four games.

 
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